A Tribute To Milo Mathews & Neil McClure


| November/December 1988



Route 1, Danville, Iowa 52623

In November and December 1987, the steam engine hobby lost two of its founders, and many of us who knew them lost two good friends (see 'The Golden Roll', Mar/Apr 1987 Iron Men Album).

MILO MATHEWS was a farmer and thresherman all his life and was one of the original board members of Midwest Old Threshers here in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. He served on the board of directors for many years and was ready to talk steam engines and threshing to anyone and everyone at any time.

I can remember spending many hours over the years talking to Milo about the early days on the farm as well as the early years of our Reunion.

NEIL McCLURE of Colchester, Illinois, started collecting steam engines and separators in the late 1940's and early 1950's. He came to Old Threshers with his engines in 1951 or 1952 and has always had one of the larger displays of steam engines each year.

Neil always headed up the threshing end of the show, and I can see him yet standing in a cloud of dust and chaff on top of his 28' Huber separator.